Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

Antwerp pilots barge ID system

March 9 - Effective March 1, Antwerp Port Authority has started the pilot phase of its Inland Automatic Identification System (AIS) for barges in the port area.

Use of AIS by barges will not become mandatory until January 1, 2012, but the port authority says that the pilot phase will make it possible for the industry to prepare for the full-scale introduction and to "fine-tune" the system.

AIS is part of the port's Barge Master Plan and automatically transmits information on the name, position, speed and direction of travel of the barge. Its implementation is aimed at enhancing safety within the port and permitting efficient vessel traffic management.

It will also help the port to manage berths more efficiently and optimise lock operations. A statement says that in the longer term it will be possible to monitor and direct traffic flows proactively from a barge coordination centre.

Belgium's Flemish government is promoting the system by granting subsidies for purchase and installation of the AIS equipment.

Heavy Lift | News

AF Marine launched thumbnail image

AF Marine launched

February 26 - Deepsea towage operators Augustea Group and transport engineering specialist Fagioli have established a 50-50 joint venture, AF Marine.
Views: 506
Blue Water Shipping opens in Trinidad thumbnail image

Blue Water Shipping opens in Trinidad

February 26 - Blue Water Shipping will open an office in Trinidad & Tobago to service the growing oil and gas sector in the Caribbean and the north-eastern region of South America.
Views: 533
LOC lands LNG Canada deal thumbnail image

LOC lands LNG Canada deal

February 26 - LOC Group has signed a multi-year contract with LNG Canada to provide marine warranty surveyor (MWS) services and vessel quality assurance at the project in Kitimat.
Views: 525

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.